Oprah Winfrey says sheâ€™s not a lesbian.
Her long personal and professional relationship with Gayle King has sparked rumors that they are gay, but Winfrey denies it in an upcoming interview with ABCâ€™s Barbara Walters.
Persistent gossip that they are more than good friends annoys Winfrey, she says, explaining that if it were true, â€œWhy would you want to hide it?â€
Winfrey will end her daytime talk show next spring and, on Jan. 1, will launch a cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
That new venture has given her moments of fright.
She tells Walters: â€œI would wake up in the middle of the night literally like clutching my chest, like, â€˜What have I done?â€™â€ The interview will air Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.